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INDIA PLANS MAJOR DIPLOMATIC CAMPAIGN FOR NSG ENTRY

India’s climate and development goals are tied with its entry to NSG, will be the argument of Indian diplomats.

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India has planned a big diplomatic campaign to push for its membership to the coveted Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which regulates the global nuclear commerce. As part of the campaign, Indian ambassadors, high commissioners and other diplomats posted in various countries, including NSG member nations, will try to garner substantial support for New Delhi’s claim to the membership of this nuclear club. The most important part of the campaign will be to remove the roadblock erected by China to thwart India’s quest for NSG membership.

Sources told The Daily Guardian that the officials of the disarmament department in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will have a meeting with their Chinese counterparts in future in this regard. According to sources, an Indian delegation recently discussed the NSG issue with the French foreign ministry officials in a meeting on disarmament and non-proliferation. In fact, India wants the agenda of its entry to be discussed in the next plenary of NSG which is likely to take place by the mid 2022 in Poland. The Indian diplomatic lobby is said to have been asked to prepare solid ground by the time this plenary happens. Several major countries back India’s claim, but what Delhi wants is that these nations should go beyond mere reiterating their support. “Diplomatically, they should also initiate some concrete action on the ground that facilitates India’s campaign,” a diplomat told this newspaper.

Top diplomatic sources told The Daily Guardian that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants the MEA to ensure that India gets the membership of NSG as soon as possible. He is learnt to have shared this with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Jaishankar is also learnt to have spoken to Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla. The PM is said to have told the officials to step up pressure on the global community to achieve this goal. “What needs to be ensured is that China does not succeed in creating any hurdles this time and its unrelenting opposition is dealt with effectively,” said an official.

China has repeatedly blocked India’s entry into the 48-member NSG. Ever since India applied for the membership of the NSG in May 2016, Beijing has been insisting that only countries that have signed the NPT should be allowed to enter the grouping. With the objective of stalling India’s bid, China is understood to have got Pakistan to apply for NSG membership in the same year (2016). Pakistan is not a signatory to NPT.

Meanwhile, PM Modi has already set the agenda at the international level by “linking the cutting dependence on thermal power to enhancing nuclear power capacity, which requires access to new technologies and also an adequate supply of nuclear material”. “For this to happen, India needs to be included in the NSG,” Indian diplomats will continue to tell the world. That India’s climate and development goals are tied with its entry into the grouping will be the argument to be put by the Indian diplomatic lobby.

Sources say that Indian ambassadors in the US, Germany, France, China, Russia, Poland and other significant countries will be regularly interacting with their counterparts and the ministers concerned to push for India’s bid for NSG membership. “This will not be limited to just lip service this time. The countries concerned will be persuaded to be pro-actively involved in this campaign,” a diplomat said. “This will also go a long way in creating pressure on China,” he added.

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“There is no confirmation of any terror angle”, says Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis

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Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said there is “no confirmation of any terror angle” on a mysterious boat loaded with weapons.

“There is no confirmation of any terror angle. The boat has just drifted here. We are not ruling out anything, investigating all aspects. Police have been asked to be on high alert,” Fadnavis said.

A suspicious boat with three AK-47 rifles, bullets, and other weapons has been found near Harihareshwar beach in Raigad.

“Some details cannot be revealed as it may spread an atmosphere of fear. No possibilities of any consequences would be taken lightly,” Fadnavis said.

Ahead of the Dahi Handi festival in the state Deputy CM has instructed police and administration to be prepared.

“The boat belongs to an Australian citizen. The boat’s engine broke out in the sea, people were rescued by a Korean boat. It has now reached Harihareshwar beach. Keeping in mind the coming festive season, police and administration have been instructed to be prepared,” Fadnavis said.

Moreover, the presence of the boat raised alarm bells as on 26 November 2008 terrorists attacked the city and entered by sea route.

“ATS is also working on it. The additional force will also be deployed if necessary. All the precautions needed to be taken as per the norms of abundant caution,” Fadnavis said.

However, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) was rushed to the spot and more details are awaited.

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35-year-old women died after being set on fire by kin

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The 35-year-old school teacher who was set on fire by her family over a money dispute died at the SMS Hospital, according to the police.

Manish Agrawal, the Superintendent of Police (SP) for Jaipur Rural, reported that the deceased was identified as Anita. On August 10, when she demanded that her relatives pay back the money they had borrowed from her, the private school teacher in her hamlet in the Raisar Police Station area, around 80 kilometres from the state capital Jaipur, was set on fire.

“The accused poured inflammable material on the woman and set her ablaze in her village on August 10,” Additional SP Dharmendra Yadav said.

Anita was initially transferred to the government hospital in Jamrao Ramgarh, where she was treated before being sent on to Jaipur, where she passed away seven days later. According to her relatives, the police were working along with the accused and neglected to intervene when it was needed, which caused her death.

Police, however, said that as soon as they learned about the event, they rushed to the scene and admitted Anita to the hospital.

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Suspicious boat loaded with weapons including AK-47 found near Harihareshwar beach

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A suspicious boat with three AK-47 rifles, bullets, and other weapons has been found near Harihareshwar beach in Raigad.

Meanwhile, the police said the boat had come to the Raigad coast while floating. Officials said the weapons were found in the boat but no person was present in the boat. Security has been tightened in the surrounding areas and police are on high alert.

Raigad MLA Aditi Tatkare said that she has requested the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to conduct a special inquiry into the incident. Tatkare also said that the incident is a major security threat.

“The Local Police are probing the matter and I have demanded the Chief Minister and Deputy CM to urgently appoint a special team of ATS or State Agency to look into the matter,” Takare said.

Moreover, the presence of the boat raised alarm bells as on 26 November 2008 terrorists attacked the city and entered by sea route.

“The Coast guard and Maharashtra Maritime Board have been informed and investigations are underway,” police said.

However, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) was rushed to the spot and more details are awaited.

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Raju Srivastav’s health deteriorating, still on ventilator

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The condition of comedian Raju Srivastava, who is still unconscious and on life support in the ICU, is reportedly critical.

Raju Srivastava’s condition has got worse, according to the doctors, and he is still in a serious condition.

He was stated to be reacting well, showing a modest improvement in his health, and showing some signs of being able to move his bodily parts.

On August 10, the 58-year-old well-known comedian underwent a cardiac arrest and was subsequently admitted to the AIIMS in Delhi.

According to reports, he was complaining of chest problems while running on the treadmill. On the same day, he had also had an anangioplast.

On Friday, Raju Srivastava’s family released a statement claiming that he is in stable condition and pleading with his followers to disregard rumours and false information concerning his health.

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Sadhu found dead in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh, probe initiated

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A sadhu in Bhakhrawali village of Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh was found murdered in his house on Wednesday.

On the morning of 17 August, the villagers spotted the body of the sadhu outside his hut.

The deceased sadhu has been identified as Chetan Das and police found injury marks on it.

Meanwhile, the reason behind the murder is yet to be ascertained. Moreover, the police are investigating the matter.

“Some unknown people had attacked the saint. As per the villagers, he hailed from Punjab and they used to serve him food at his hut,” said the police mentioning that he seemed to have had good relations with everyone in the village.

According to the Sangaria Police, the sadhu had been living in the village for the last 25 years. Earlier on Wednesday, the body of the sadhu was found lying in the pool of blood.

“Mourning the death of the saint Chetan Das, the villagers have demanded the arrest of the persons involved in his killing. His body has been sent to a mortuary of Sangaria Hospital,” the police said.

Moreover, after receiving information about the incident Deputy Superintendent of Sangarai Police Prateek Mile reached the spot.

However, a probe has been investigated and sadhu’s nephew Ravi Shankar Sharma has lodged a case in the police station.

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Sisodia questions centre, ‘who decided the resettlement of Rohingyas?’

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Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, stated on Thursday that he has written to Union home minister Amit Shah requesting clarification of the Center’s position over the relocation of Rohingya Muslims to EWS flats in the capital.

SiSodia sought clarification on who decided the resettlement of Rohingyas if it wasn’t either the central or the Delhi government. “We didn’t decide to Centre also says it didn’t. Then, who took the decision?” Sisodia said while addressing a press conference.

He further demanded Shah conduct an investigation. He added, “Shah should launch an investigation to find out whose orders it was to move Muslim Rohingya refugees into flats.”

He added that neither Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, nor Sisodia, who himself is the home minister , were aware of the plan, which was first tweeted by the Union’s housing minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, and later rejected by the Centre.

“We got to know through newspapers that a scheme to provide flats to Rohingyas is going on. I asked the officers nd got to know some meetings did take place where Central government officers were present,” Sisodia further said.

“When I asked for details of the meeting, I saw that it was mentioned in the files that for the approval by the Central Govt, it was being directly sent through the chief secretary to the LG. It was completely hidden from the elected government of Delhi. why this conspiracy?” he added.

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